FOR more than a decade the Lismore Masters Games have been part of Tanya Harris-Bateman's life.

"I volunteered at two Masters Games before I competed and after experiencing the wonderful atmosphere I knew it was something I wanted to be involved in," she said.

Sports included in this year's Games

On Friday, Mrs Harris-Bateman will pull on the boots for the fourth time as a competitor for the Women in Red women's football team.

The Goonellabah mother of two said she enjoyed both the competition and friendly fun of the games.

"It's a great social event and it's a lot of fun playing and mixing with people from other teams and other areas," she said.

Mrs Harris-Bateman said several women from Mac- lean were making the trip north to play with the Women in Red, who will compete against 12 other women's teams over the weekend.

While some teams and players had a competitive streak, Mrs Harris-Bateman said for others it was all about fun. "Last time there were women playing soccer in tutus," she said.

So everyone gets a taste of the action, players swap field positions throughout the competition.

The biennial Lismore Masters Games brings 1500 competitors between the ages of 30 to 80 together to compete in 12 sports including cricket, golf, dressage, swimming, lawn bowls and netball.

Lismore City Council Tourism co-ordinator Mitch Lowe said spending by the competitors was estimated to inject $1 million into the Northern Rivers economy.

"It's great for local businesses and one of the most fun weekends of the year in Lismore - the competitors come here with a great spirit and it's all about having a good time with your mates," he said.

The Masters Games soccer competition kicks off at Goonellabah Soccer Club's Reserve St ovals at 8.30am on Friday. Finals will be held on Sunday.

Masters Games sports

  • Baseball.
  • Cricket.
  • Dressage.
  • Futsal.
  • Golf.
  • Hockey.
  • Lawn bowls.
  • Netball.
  • Oztag.
  • Pool (8 ball).
  • Soccer.
  • Softball.
  • Swimming.
  • Touch football.

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